Britain in your pocket

Why the OS Maps app is your perfect partner for local route planning


by Hope Elkins |

An annual (£23.99) or monthly (£2.99) subscription to the OS Maps app opens up a whole new world of exploration, right from your doorstep. Here’s why…

It’s all there

You get access to all 607 OS Explorer and Landranger maps for the whole of Great Britain, to view, print or download to your phone.

Sharing is caring

You’ll find routes already plotted in your local area. Or, if you’d rather, you can create your own and share them with other users.

Save your data

Heading somewhere lofty? Live in a cave? Don’t panic if you don’t have a mobile signal on your run – you can download all the maps for offline use.

Print’s not dead

You can print out maps from your computer, choosing the scale, size and orientation that suits you best.

Go panoramic

Once you’re out on the trails, you can use the app’s AR Viewer to pan across the landscape and discover the names and distances of geographical features through your phone’s camera lens.

Take a flyer

The OS Maps Aerial 3D layer lets you take a fly-through of your route, so you're perfectly prepared.


✔ Download the OS Maps app and find a point you'd like to run to

✔ Use the geographic features on the OS Map and see if you can make a route that passes as many churches, for example, en route to your final destination

✔ Use the OS Maps FlyThru feature to check out your run in advance

50% OFF!

How do you make a great deal even greater? Simple: subscribe to Trail Running magazine and you'll get 50% off the price of a 12-month Premium subscription to OS Maps. What better motivation to get out there and start exploring?

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